The sledging wars have begun in earnest as the India vs Australia Test series approaches. Pat Cummins has promised that the Tests will be much more ‘fiery’ than the limited-overs matches and Shubman Gill has promised India have a variety of moves up their sleeves to deal with Aussie chin music. Now, the sledging wars have begun between former players as well.
Following the pink-ball warm-up match, which concluded in a draw on Sunday, former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg said: “Indian top order need to know where their off stump is, learn to leave the ball off a good length, and not chase the ball moving away outside off stump. #HoggysTips #AUSAvIND”.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) December 12, 2020
Former India opener Wasim Jaffer said in reply: “Australia need to know who their top order is.”
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 12, 2020
Australia’s top order has been a matter of much speculation in the lead-up to the series. David Warner has been ruled out of the first Test due to a hamstring injury. Will Pucovski is also likely to miss the Adelaide Test as he suffered a concussion during the first warm-up game against India A.
Australia are expected to give the opportunity to Joe Burns and Marcus Harris to open the innings, with Shaun Marsh also in the running as a stop-gap option.